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Wiikly Wii titles not so wiik

Posted by: Chuck at 4/30/2007 9:06 PM
Another week, another decent batch of Virtual Console games as Castlevania (500 points), Legend of the Mystical Ninja (800 points), and Shockman (600 points) are now available on the Wii's online service.


Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel
 
    Vampires and ninjas and Shockmen, oh my!  This week the Wii Shop Channel
    takes a trip into the world of ghoulish creatures, mystical curses and
    professorial abductions.  See if you can remember which of these games
    sparked the whip-carrying craze of the late-'80s!  For the best retro
    gaming around, it's time to pay a visit to the red-hot Wii(TM) video game
    system's Wii Shop Channel.
 
    The three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time.  Nintendo adds
    new games to the channel every Monday.  Wii owners with a high-speed
    Internet connection can redeem Wii Points(TM) to download the games.
    Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets.
    This week's new games are:
 
    Castlevania(R) (NES(R), 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Step into the shadows
    of the deadliest dwelling on Earth.  You've arrived at Castlevania, and
    you're here on business: to destroy the curse of the Evil Count, once and
    for all.  Make your way through six monstrous floors filled with bats,
    ghosts, zombies and every kind of ghoulish creature you can imagine.  Use
    the legendary whip Vampire Killer and a host of deadly weapons to battle
    your way to Dracula's chamber and the ultimate duel of good vs. evil.
 
    The Legend of the Mystical Ninja(TM) (Super NES(R), 1-2 players, 800 Wii
    Points): In The Legend of The Mystical Ninja, take control of Kid Ying and
    Dr. Yang in an action adventure through feudal Japan.  A curse has
    stricken the village of Horo-Horo, and its beloved princess has vanished.
    Together Kid Ying, a daring young mystical ninja, and Dr. Yang, master of
    the invincible spirit transformation, must overcome 10 levels of the
    Dragonbeast to save Princess Yuki.  Each stage contains intense 3-D and
    2-D zones where the duo must perform dozens of attack moves and solve
    magical problems and puzzles before advancing.  Battle humorous enemies
    like the Carp Meister, who stuns victims with poisonous fighting fish,
    Tanaka-U-Out, a knockout artist who wallops opponents with a bone-crushing
    hammer, and the Sumo Tag Team, kings of the unbeatable belly-buster
    crunch.  Collect coins to buy new equipment and to receive clues, spend
    some time playing minigames in the arcade or try your luck and increase
    your fortune at the Quiz House and Horse Races.
 
    Shockman (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, 600 Wii Points): It's been two years
    since Arnold and Sonya were made into Shockmen.  A message from the
    professor to return to their bodies has them head to his laboratory, but
    they are ambushed by a mysterious enemy along the way.  After narrowly
    defeating the enemy, they catch a TV news flash announcing the Ryo Empire
    invasion.  They find that the professor has been abducted and set out to
    rescue him.  Shockman is a side-view action shooter that has eight stages,
    including Action Stages, where you jump and use special techniques, and
    side-scrolling Shooting Stages.  This game expands on the well-paced story
    from the previous version and contains cooperative elements like shared
    life and a powerful Team Shockbeam that can be used during two-player
    simultaneous play.